Photograph: Eagle statue outside law school.


Washburn Law has a long history of graduating outstanding trial lawyers and judges. Through an innovative combination of scholarship, advocacy, skills training, and advocacy-related research, our Advocacy program trains students to be persuasive, ethical, and skilled advocates in the community.

Our curriculum targets several professional areas, including civil and commercial litigation, criminal law, appellate practice, trial advocacy, arbitration, and mediation. To sharpen their skills, students may immerse themselves in an array of advocacy-focused activities, including the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program and Center for Excellence in Advocacy opportunities.

Faculty Member
Photograph: Joseph Mastrosimone.

Joseph Mastrosimone
Professor of Law

Top 12 in Trial Advocacy in the Nation
Graphic: Cover of spring 2016 preLaw magazine which list Washburn Law as one of the top 12 schools for trial advocacy.

preLaw magazine lists Washburn Law, with an A rating, among the top 12 U.S. law schools for trial advocacy in its spring 2016 issue (page 60). Inclusion in the list recognizes Washburn Law's breadth and concentration of curricular offerings in trial advocacy, and availability of a clinic, externships, a center, and certificate program.

ABA Regional Client Counseling Competition

Washburn Law will be hosting this regional as a VIRTUAL competition on Saturday, February 18, 2023. All volunteers can participate from the comfort of their own computer and desk. Traveling to the Law School is not required.

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